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Alchemy Taps Scott Guthrie as Chief Operating Officer

Independent distribution specialist Alchemy has hired veteran executive Scott Guthrie as its chief operating officer as part of its growth strategy.

Guthrie will oversee Alchemy’s divisions for strategy and planning, operations, IT and human resources. He will report to Alchemy CEO Bill Lee.

Alchemy also said Jim Jenkins has transitioned to the role of exec VP of strategic business development and mergers and acquisitions. The company has also hired Norbert Hudak to serve as senior VP of affinity pods and business development through which he will develop, acquire and maximize Alchemy’s action, horror, faith, family, urban and documentary slates.

Guthrie held senior positions at Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, MTV Games and THQ. He spent a decade with The Walt Disney Co. where he led the North American sales and distribution functions for the home entertainment division and most recently served as chief operating officer of Kizzang Sweepstakes.

Jenkins joined Alchemy earlier this year and has worked for Sony, Lionsgate and Artisan Entertainment. Hudak comes to Alchemy after working in marketing and brand management at Cinedigm.

Alchemy announced Wednesday it had acquired Ryan Kwanten’s actioner “Blunt Force Trauma” for North America. Alchemy made three acquisitions at Cannes — Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Lea Seydoux; U.S. distribution rights to Gaspar Noe’s sex-infused threesome drama “Love”; and U.S. rights to Italian director Nanni Moretti’s dramedy “Mia Madre.”

Alchemy rebranded itself last year from Millennium Entertainment and has been acquiring rights this year to film festival titles such as Mitch Dickman’s marijuana documentary “Rolling Papers,” Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s action-comedy “Moonwalkers” and post-apocalyptic thriller “The Survivalist.”

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